Disney Cruise Line Updates CDC Requirements for COVID Testing/Vaccinations

Disney Cruise Line has updated its CDC requirements for all sailings beginning September 13, 2021, until further notice. Please read the information below carefully and take note as those who do not comply prior to their sailing’s departure will not be permitted to board the ship at the port.

Timing for Pre-Sail COVID-19 Testing:

  • The window in which guests 11 years of age and under must take and submit proof of a negative COIVD-19 test result has been reduced. Instead of between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date, tests must be taken and submitted between 3 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date.
  • The test should be a rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.

Embarkation COVID-19 testing:

  • All guests, regardless of age and vaccination status, are required to take a COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal before boarding.
  • Disney Cruise Line will cover the cost.

In addition and beginning September 3, 2021, all guests 12 years of age and older, must be fully vaccinated to sail to any destination. Guests 11 years of age and younger are not required to be vaccinated but must provide proof of a negative pre-trip PCR COVID-19 test. The only exception is for Panama Canal sailings: all passengers must be vaccinated.

Additionally, Disney Cruise Line has an update on the Safe Passage Website:

  • Guests can now register and create an account associated with their reservation starting at 15 days prior to their sailing instead of 33 days prior to their sailing.
  • This will shorten the time window in which guests can register and request test kits.
  • When a sail ID changes or a guest changes their itinerary, they will need to re-register the reservation with Safe Passage.
  • If a test kit was ordered previously, a new kit must also be requested, as each test kit is specific to that sailing. Reducing the number of days to create an account also lowers the risk of the wrong test kit being utilized.
  • This change also aligns with the Cruise Date Flexibility policy that allows guests to change their sail date up to 15 days prior to embarkation. This is for bookings confirmed by July 31, 2021 and sailings before December 31, 2021.

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